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    So, What Do The Tour Riders Do On A Rest Day??

    I'm guessing massages, food, heal wounds, etc. but do they take a spin to keep the legs loose?? Anyone know, or have a link to a team site that details it?

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    All of the above, with a ride thrown in.
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/cycling/sto...-rest-day.html

    On the rest day the riders will be able to mentally disconnect for a few hours, sleep a bit longer and tend to injuries. Along with the time spent on meals, training rides and therapy, the teams will schedule news conferences. It is all part of the job.

    To avoid the consequences of going cold turkey, we'll ride at a reasonably high intensity on the rest day. Some riders on the team will push their bodies on a hard climb to simulate the race while others will ride in the slipstream of the team car to mimic the speed of the peloton. Only the ill or seriously injured will stay off their bikes.
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    cool article!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velo Vol View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike F View Post
    ^ I was going to say "hookers and blow"
    That was my first thought, then it occurred to me I just *knew* I could find a good Cippo pic somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
    That was my first thought, then it occurred to me I just *knew* I could find a good Cippo pic somewhere.
    This is my favorite Cipollini photo.

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    They're going to go shopping for bucket hats...honestly, like every spectator has one. When did they make a comeback, I feel like its 2002 all over again?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
    They're going to go shopping for bucket hats...honestly, like every spectator has one. When did they make a comeback, I feel like its 2002 all over again?
    I noticed that too

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhchdh View Post
    All of the above, with a ride thrown in.
    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/cycling/sto...-rest-day.html

    On the rest day the riders will be able to mentally disconnect for a few hours, sleep a bit longer and tend to injuries. Along with the time spent on meals, training rides and therapy, the teams will schedule news conferences. It is all part of the job.

    To avoid the consequences of going cold turkey, we'll ride at a reasonably high intensity on the rest day. Some riders on the team will push their bodies on a hard climb to simulate the race while others will ride in the slipstream of the team car to mimic the speed of the peloton. Only the ill or seriously injured will stay off their bikes.
    There ya go. I deleted my response. Yours is better.
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    I noticed the other day a rider cooling down after a stage cooling down by riding a mag.

    I believe it was Bobke who wrote a piece about just how lazy riders are during tours when they are not on their bike. They basically do nothing other than eat, sleep and go for a ride. All these awesome things to see and scenery to view and you couldn't one rider to walk two blocks to see it.
    i may have overreacted

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    why do people imagine that the priorities of any athlete are the same as their own, never mind top athletes?

    on an off day tour riders will ride for two or three hours to keep their legs loose. they're not likely to go museuming or to an amusement park.

    as a relatively high level masters rider the difference between wining and losing is often not mowing the lawn the day before a race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    I noticed the other day a rider cooling down after a stage cooling down by riding a mag.

    I believe it was Bobke who wrote a piece about just how lazy riders are during tours when they are not on their bike. They basically do nothing other than eat, sleep and go for a ride. All these awesome things to see and scenery to view and you couldn't one rider to walk two blocks to see it.
    Doing all these awesome things takes energy that you're going to wish you had during the next day's race, and thus the bike racer's motto:
    1. Don't stand if you can sit.
    2. Don't walk if you can stand.
    3. Don't run if you can walk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike F View Post
    I noticed that too

    Haha, like I said, they're everywhere!
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinF View Post
    Doing all these awesome things takes energy that you're going to wish you had during the next day's race, and thus the bike racer's motto:
    1. Don't stand if you can sit.
    2. Don't walk if you can stand.
    3. Don't run if you can walk.
    Hinault used to have people carry him up the stairs to his hotel room.

    There's no way any pro cyclist is going for a tour of the local chateau in the middle of riding the Tour de France.

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    Jonathan Vaughters usually has his team ride some on their day off. It's a different world than when Roll was riding in the TDF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigfred View Post
    I mis Mario. Sagan just hasn't got the style. Too classless.
    Whadde ya mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by canam73 View Post
    Whadde ya mean?

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